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XCMG Machinery to revolutionize mining with launch of China's first mining satellite

Jul 04, 2023

The X-Band, sun-synchronous satellite is a multi-means remote sensing satellite constellation that combines SAR, optical and thermal infrared technologies

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In a groundbreaking move that promises to redefine the future of mining operations, XCMG Machinery has successfully launched China’s first mining satellite, CUMT Nanhu.

The launch took place on July 23 at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, marking a significant milestone in the integration of advanced technology into the mining sector.

The satellite is a result of a collaborative effort between XCMG Machinery, the China University of Mining and Technology and Skysight.

The X-Band, sun-synchronous satellite is a multi-means remote sensing satellite constellation that combines SAR, optical and thermal infrared technologies.

It is designed to serve a multitude of applications in the mining industry, including mine exploration, intelligent operation and geological disaster early warning.

XCMG Machinery has been actively involved in the full design and development process of CUMT Nanhu and will be one of its future users. The satellite aims to revolutionize mining operations by enabling unified planning of personnel, vehicles and sites.

This will facilitate integrated dispatching, command platform visualization and intelligent deployment. The ultimate goal is to improve safety levels, reduce operational costs and minimize manual input.

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“XCMG Mining Machinery is committed to the application of information technologies, including the Internet of Vehicles, the Internet of Things, cloud computing, and big data,” XCMG CEO Yang Dongsheng said in a statement.

“We are converging all operation links to realize full-cycle management and establish a solid foundation of digital infrastructures that is catalyzing the digital transformation of traditional manufacturing industries.”

China’s first mining satellite CUMT Nanhu. Photo via XCMG.

While the satellite is a significant achievement for XCMG and the Chinese mining industry, the company’s influence is not limited to its home country.

XCMG’s mining equipment, including a 400-ton electric hydraulic excavator and a 260-ton dual-bridge rigid mining truck, are already operational in an open-pit mine in Ecuador.

Additionally, 15 units of XCMG excavators are working in one of Phu Bia Mining’s gold mines in Laos, further establishing the company’s global footprint.

The launch of CUMT Nanhu is just the beginning. With its focus on integrating cutting-edge technologies into mining operations and its expanding global reach, XCMG Machinery is poised to lead the next revolution in mining machinery development.

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